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The weight of the 6-month fetus that is steadily increasing is one of the signs of a he althy pregnancy. Therefore, it is important for every pregnant woman to always monitor the weight gain of the fetus to ensure normal growth
The age of the fetus is 6 months starting from the calculation of the 25th to the 28th week of pregnancy. In general, a 6-month-old fetus weighs between 660 grams and 1 kilogram, with a length of about 34–38 cm.
At this age, the baby's senses of sight and smell have begun to function and the lungs have also been formed although they are not functioning perfectly.
Calculating Fetal Weight Gain at 6 Months
The following is the development of the weight of the fetus for 6 months every week that pregnant women need to know:
At 25 weeks of gestation, the weight of the fetus is generally around 660–700 grams, with a length of about 34 cm. At this gestational age, the total weight gain of pregnant women from the beginning of pregnancy is around 6-8 kilograms, but it can also be more if you are pregnant with twins.
The kick of the fetus will be stronger and more pronounced. In addition, the fetus also undergoes other developments which include:
- Fetus has more fat and hair
- The spinal cord has functioned as a place for the production of red blood cells in the fetus's body
- The sense of smell starts to work
- Fetus can already respond to sound with movement or hiccups
- Lungs have formed, although not yet fully functional
- Wrinkled fetal skin will be smoother
The weight of the fetus at 26 weeks of gestation is about 700–900 grams, with a length of 35 cm. Meanwhile, the total weight gain of pregnant women at week 26 is 7-10 kilograms. The circumference of the abdomen will also continue to increase by about 1 cm every week throughout the pregnancy.
At this age, the fetus begins to open its eyes and responds to touch, sound and light. In addition, the fetus also shows the following developments:
- All parts of the eyes and eyebrows are fully formed
- If you are carrying a male fetus, the testes begin to descend into the scrotum
- The intestines continue to grow and develop to absorb more nutrients from the amniotic fluid
- The fetus can already hear sounds in a longer range
The weight of the fetus will reach about 900–1,000 grams, with a length of about 36 cm. The weight gain of pregnant women at 27 weeks of gestation can reach 13 kilograms.
At this gestational age, the fetus is able to open and close its eyes. Part of his brain also began to work very actively. Meanwhile, the fetal lungs continue to develop and produce a small amount of surfactant, which is a substance that helps the lungs expand and carry out their functions.
With the active functioning of the brain and lungs, the fetus begins to understand how to learn to survive outside the womb, namely by practicing inhaling and exhaling.
At 28 weeks of gestation, the weight of the fetus will increase to about 1.1 kilograms and can reach 37 cm in length.
In this week, the baby's brain already has about billions of new nerve cells. The fetal lungs are also formed, but cannot fully expand. The senses of hearing and smell are also functioning and well developed.
The fetus is also able to turn its head when it sees light and is getting used to blinking and breathing.
When the growth of the 6-month-old fetus is getting bigger, pregnant women sometimes experience shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and often aches. To overcome these various complaints during pregnancy, do regular exercise such as yoga, swimming, or leisurely walks.
In addition, to support the growth and development of the fetus, it is important for pregnant women to eat a balanced nutritious diet and take additional pregnancy supplements according to the doctor's instructions.
It is also important to know that the growth in length and weight of the fetus can differ from one another. So, pregnant women do not need to worry if the results of the fetal examination are smaller or larger when examined by ultrasound.
Therefore, make sure the pregnant woman always checks her womb to the doctor regularly to find out if the weight of the 6-month fetus is appropriate, and of course also ensures that the pregnant woman and fetus are he althy.